Depot Games: PixelShips Retro
Project Status: Completed
Links: Web Site, Download Page
Category: Space Shooters
Developers: Kris Asick
Number of Players: 1
Source Code: Not Available
Author's Description: PixelShips Retro was a shareware sequel (now freeware) to PixelShips... in a sense. Instead of looking more advanced it takes a step backwards, taking on the look, sound and feel of a 1980's video game!
Among some of the biggest differences between this and the original PixelShips game is the use of a real-time game engine and having a screen that only scrolls when you move, unlike most space shooters which scroll automatically. You decide where you want to go and in what direction you want to face. 13 original music tracks also accompany your battles, along with old-styled sound effects and joystick support.
All of the original 160 PixelShips are in, featuring new weapons and new, larger graphics. Environments now carry their own dangers, such as force fields and volcanos. The gameplay has also been highly tuned and balanced so that players of all levels of skill will be able to take the challenge!
And of course, every single level is still randomly generated!
The shareware version of PixelShips Retro featured approximately 1/6th of the content of the registered version and its levels were not randomized. However, as of v1.14, the game is now freeware and can be enjoyed its in entirety by everyone!
Overall Rating: 6.6
I've been programming professionally since 2002 and am the indie designer, programmer, artist, musician, etc. behind Pixelmusement, dedicated to making great (and addictive) games for years to come. I also host a web show called "Ancient DOS Games". (View Profile)